If you live in a northern region, you are probably counting the days until the beginning of spring. Winter can be a freezing experience. It doesn’t matter how much your turn up the heating or the warming A/C unit; the house feels far too cold. There are never enough blankets and woolen socks to keep warm!
If you live in a southern region, though, things are different. Winter is not a big deal at all. In fact, you probably enjoy winter, because it’s the only time of the year when your house feels welcoming and fresh. As soon as the sunny season begins, your home turns into an unbearable sauna. You tend to survive the hotter months with the A/C units maxed up to the coldest setting, and you never go anything without a huge bottle of iced water.
More often than not, people who live in the south envy the cool temperatures from the north in summer. And those who experience snow and frost in winter dream of living in the warm and pleasant southern regions. It’s the ultimate Goldilocks principle: It’s never the right temperature. It’s either too hot or too cold. Not only can you never get truly comfortable, but you’re also spending tons on heating and air-con bills. Staying warm or cool at home without maxing up your energy bills is all about smart tips and best practice.
Add an isolating layer to your home
Did you know that most homes let a lot of air out and in even when all the doors and windows are shut? Typically, properties can lose up to 30% of their heated or cooled air through the roof. It’s something you can check easily without needing to climb on a ladder. In winter, the rooms that are the closest to your roof should feel cold. In summer, it’s the reverse phenomenon, and they should feel warmer than the rest of the house. A simple tip is to touch the ceiling; you should notice the difference on your skin. But, failing that, you can normally spot discrepancies in temperatures when you go upstairs, which is a good indication that your roof is working against you! Solving the issue is thankfully cheap and quick: You can add a layer of insulation to your attic. In terms of DIY, you should count a weekend to get things done. Otherwise, you can hire a professional builder to do the work.
Your walls can also affect the temperature indoors. Similar to the ceiling test, if your walls are cool to the touch in winter and warm in summer, it’s a sign that they are not adequately insulated. You can consider adding an insulation layer around your home, in the shape of elegant siding, for instance. A siding contractor can help you to pick the most suitable solution for your house and your needs. Besides, siding also boosts your curb appeal, so it’s a win-win situation!
Reconsider storage solutions
What does storage have to do with how hot or cold your home is? Typically, the garage is the most common culprit for cold air infiltration. However, most homeowners are unwilling to reduce the storage space by adding insulation layers. As such, it becomes essential to consider other solutions, such as an outside storage unit for your largest items. When you can store your most space-demanding possessions outside of your home, you can maximize your insulation strategy without affecting your routine.
Another excellent idea for underground rooms such as the basement is to insulate only the ceiling so that you don’t waste too much space but can keep the house warm.
I need to leave the door open for Rex
Pets! We love them, but we don’t realize how much they can affect our indoor comfort. If you find yourself regularly opening the door for your dog to go and play in the garden, you are, most likely, letting cold air in during winter and warm air in summer. It might not seem like much, but in reality, letting your dogs and cats out constantly transforms the air input into the house. If you haven’t already, it would be a good idea to consider the addition of a pet door that can be both secure and energy-efficient. Using smart chip reading features, for instance, can ensure the trap door only opens for your pet. Additionally, most doors are highly effective in blocking cold and hot weather when they are professionally installed.
Warming up the utility room
Laundry rooms can be hugely practical to manage the needs of a large family. When you have young children, for instance, you’ll be using the room every day to keep their clothes clean. Unfortunately, one of the most common issues with laundry rooms is that they tend to be unheated. As such, they can disrupt the comfort at home by letting cold or hot air in. If you are not keen on insulating the room or adding an A/C unit, you can control the temperature at home by installing a thermal curtain at the entrance of the laundry room. This will provide thermal insulation.
Become a baking pro!
Baking should always be fun. It’s a hobby that immediately makes the house feel more welcoming, and therefore changes your perception of the indoor temperature. However, if you’re baking in hot weather, you’re likely to experience high discomfort rather than pleasure. Keeping your ingredients at the right temperature can be tricky, and when everything starts melting, you too, feel like you are melting as well! Here’s a little tip: Take regular fridge breaks to solidify the most vulnerable ingredients.
Invest in seasonal loungewear
We get it: Wearing cute little shorts and tops is the best way to feel cozy at home. However, you should always invest in appropriate, seasonal loungewear. In winter, for instance, fleece or cashmere sets can go a long way in keeping you warm. In summer, it’s time to take your shorts and tee out of the wardrobe! If your outfit isn’t suited for the season, you’re going to feel uncomfortable.
Your heater and A/C unit should not be the sole control mechanism over the indoor temperature. You can make your home feel a lot more welcoming and cozy with simple insulation and perception tips.